My full-time job is writing for children, and I love it. Some previous jobs I've held are software engineer, owner of a mail order company (I had a bookstore on the Web before Amazon did!), and computer science professor.
My books have earned six starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and received awards such as Outstanding Science Trade Book, Best STEM Book, Cook Prize Honor Book, Mathical Honor Book, AAAS/Subaru Prize Longlist, and Parents' Choice Gold Medal.
My debut fiction picture book is DINO PAJAMA PARTY (Running Press Kids). I have five picture book biographies of #WomenInSTEM: CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER (Abrams, 2021); NUMBERS IN MOTION (Creston Books); HEDY LAMARR'S DOUBLE LIFE (Sterling Children's Books, 2019); GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE (Sterling Children's Books, 2017); and ADA BYRON LOVELACE AND THE THINKING MACHINE (Creston Books, 2015). Learn more about my book by clicking on the "Books" tab.
I speak at many educator conferences such as NCTE, NSTA, TLA, ISTE, NJASL and have been a keynote speaker at the Kutztown University Children's Literature Conference and the NJ SCBWI annual conference. I enjoy doing school visits and sharing my love of reading and STEM with children. Learn more by clicking on the "Speaking" and "Visits" tabs.
I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I also have a BA from Princeton University in Biochemistry and an MA in Information Systems from Goddard College.